Some of My Favorite Machine Quilting Books

I buy a lot of books about quilting! I love to read them, be inspired by the pictures and fantasize about the quilts I’d make if money and time were no object! From time to time publishers or authors will send me copies of their books to review which I absolutely love to do. On many other occasions, I’ll simply buy and review books just because I want to. :-)

FMQ BookI have a back-log of books that I’d like to tell you about, but for today I’ll just give a few snippets about several of my favorite machine quilting books. (Each of these will eventually have their own in-depth review, too!) The money I spent on these books has been a fantastic investment,  and my skills have dramatically improved because of them!

First, I’ll start off with Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters. This is definitely a must have if you have an affinity for modern quilts and machine quilting.


The thing I like most about this book is that Angela shows you the design process behind the machine quilting with plenty of detailed diagrams to follow along.

Angela Walters StudioIt doesn’t matter that Angela prefers to quilt on a long arm while I choose to use a domestic machine. Many of the design principles are applicable to both.

Angela has written a fantastic follow-up book, In the Studio with Angela Walters which of course I promptly purchased an autographed copy of at QuiltCon. She’s also written a Free-Motion Quilting Workbook which I’m anticipating this spring. I’ll review it as soon as I get my hot little hands on it!


FMQ I recently purchased First Steps to Free Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli. She takes you through the steps of machine quilting with smaller projects to practice your skills.

Though I’m pretty comfortable with FMQ techniques, I still picked up a few tips from her books as well as some new free-motion quilting design ideas.

In fact, my Modern Trees quilt incorporates one of her motifs into my quilting. Can you guess which one?


FMQ GuideNext on my list of favorites is Guide to Machine Quilting by Diane Gaudynski.

Written in 2002, this book is still relevant because Diane walks you through everything you need to know to successfully quilt your home machine.

Diane been one of my quilting muses for quite a number of years and her beautiful, traditional designs will take your breath away!

Harriet Hargrave FMQFinally, Harriet Hargrave’s Heirloom Machine Quilting is an oldie, but a goodie.

I own the 3rd edition (from 1995) and the 4th edition (from 2004). It was from this book that I first learned how to bind my quilts properly.

Although Harriet’s focus is on detailed heirloom quilting, it’s all done on a domestic machine and there are numerous tips on basting and moving the bulk of the quilt under the machine.

Weekly Giveaway Winner!

Speaking of fabulous books, I’m pleased to announce this week’s winner of my weekly giveaway: Barbara W. has won a copy of Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley.

Be sure to check back here on Monday when I will participate in Sew Mama Sew’s huge Giveaway Day as part of my weekly giveaway series #35!

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4 Responses to Some of My Favorite Machine Quilting Books

  1. Lori Smanski says:

    Thank you for these book ideas. I am working on my FBQ and LOL I still need to keep practicing. You are such an inspiration, thank you

  2. adaisygarden says:

    Great reviews, thank you!!

  3. Vicki says:

    Thank you so much. My FMQ can use some help. Can’t wait to get my copies.

  4. farmquilter says:

    Thanks for the mini reviews on the quilting books! I love Angela Walters’ books – enjoyed taking a class from her too! Don’t have the other ones, but some similar and they are great too. I must admit, Angela’s books live right under my longarm for easy, quick reference!!

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